Andy Murray battles past Australian qualifier Max Purcell to set up a last-16 clash with Wimbledon semi-finalist Jannik Sinner at the Canadian Open

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Andy Murray battles past Australian qualifier Max Purcell to set up a last-16 clash with Wimbledon semi-finalist Jannik Sinner at the Canadian Open

  • Murray defeated the Australian qualifier 7-6 (7-2), 3-6, 7-5 to reach the last-16
  • The 36-year-old came from behind in the third set to clinch the victory
  • He will face Sinner for a spot in the quarter-finals on Thursday evening

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Andy Murray overcame a tough fightback from Australian qualifier Max Purcell to reach the round of 16 in Toronto.

The Scot won 7-6 (7-2) 3-6 7-5 in two hours and 47 minutes to set up a meeting with Italy’s Jannik Sinner for a spot in the quarter-finals.

There was little separating Murray and Purcell in the first set, each man breaking and breaking back en-route to a tiebreak.

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Murray was finally able to put some distance between himself and his opponent by wrapping up the first set, but Purcell refused to lie down.

The world number 78 rebounded strongly in the second to force a third and deciding set.

Andy Murray was made to work hard to edge past Australia's Max Purcell in Toronto

Andy Murray was made to work hard to edge past Australia’s Max Purcell in Toronto

Murray clinched the victory in three sets in a match which lasted two hours and 47 minutes

Murray clinched the victory in three sets in a match which lasted two hours and 47 minutes

Murray faces a stern test in the last-16 as he faces Wimbledon semi-finalist Jannik Sinner

Murray faces a stern test in the last-16 as he faces Wimbledon semi-finalist Jannik Sinner

Purcell went up a break early in the third, but a crucial service hold down 4-2 was enough to spur Murray on to once again even things up.

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Neither man was able to gain a decisive advantage as the set wound down, until Murray broke Purcell’s serve in the 12th game to win the match.

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